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Comment: Re:Life isn't fair (Score 1) 785

by TecKnow (#34929042) Attached to: Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?

The situations aren't really any different. Nothing in his life has changed yet, but this is just the first "rich" person moving into the neighborhood. Just as one example, in many business cultures it isn't acceptable for a manager to make less than the people under their direction; it is also often true that all promotion paths lead into management. In these cases lower relative pay means you're not getting promoted. Even though you might be happy with the job you have now, that doesn't mean "get promoted" isn't on the list somewhere.

Comment: Re:Life isn't fair (Score 1) 785

by TecKnow (#34925876) Attached to: Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?

In an ideal world, that would be great. But what others have can be used to take away what you have. A bunch of rich people move into your neighborhood, shops for your income level disappear, but maybe you squeak by. Your rent goes up to reflect the new neighborhood rates, maybe your building even remodels or is sold to developers for a more upscale market. Maybe you have a house, maybe it has been in your family for 100 years. You've got no intention of buying or selling, but your property taxes are based on an estimate of the house's value and the housing bubble is cosing estimated prices to skyrocket. Your taxes go through the roof, and you can't keep the house. But life isn't fair, and nobody said it would be; instead concentrate on what you have... wait.

Comment: Re:Operation Payback never hit DNS hard (Score 1) 206

by TecKnow (#34555074) Attached to: Has Progress Been Made In Fighting DDoS Attacks?

Limiting connections from a host or network can have its uses - or be an incredibly bad idea - but it doesn't have anything to do with sockstress or slowloris style approaches in particular. these approaches minimize the cost per connection for the attacker, limiting the number of connections in no way lowers that proportional benefit.

Limiting the number of connections per host or network can just make an attack more successful.. For example the dorm I lived in when I started grad school was NATed behind a tiny handful of IP's, with source connection limiting now one or a few attackers can deny service to the entire building.

Comment: Re:Exactly! (Score 1) 1193

by TecKnow (#33989584) Attached to: How Google Avoided Paying $60 Billion In Taxes

Why would we both raise prices? Sounds risky to me. If we both raise prices an equal amount the market may shrink, and we'd both be getting the same portion of a smaller pie (lose). If I raise prices and my competitor doesn't, I'll lose market share (lose).

Conversely if I don't raise prices and my competitor doesn't, I face only a known loss. (lose) but if they do raise prices, I'll steal market share from them (win).

In this scenario not raising prices would be the safest bet; it is the only one with a "win" case.

Comment: Re:Exactly! (Score 1) 1193

by TecKnow (#33988422) Attached to: How Google Avoided Paying $60 Billion In Taxes

If corporations could just raise prices to cover increased tax, wouldn't they already be charging the higher price to make more profit? There's got to be some reason the corporation isn't charging higher prices already, and if that is true, then the idea that higher expenses (taxes) plainly result in higher prices doesn't work.

Comment: Re:We just need an alternative to X (Score 1) 360

by TecKnow (#29334149) Attached to: Kernel 2.6.31 To Speed Up Linux Desktop

I'm not saying there isn't an answer to this, but I don't know what it is. When I'm using Windows Remote Desktop and I lose my connection to the remote machine, or just log off, I can log in again, even from somewhere else, and pick up right where I left off. XTunneling doesn't give me this option, as far as I know. I have dabbled with VNC a little bit, but it seems not to be well integrated with linux in general (separate passwords? individually creating VNC displays?) and even then resuming sessions seems to be 'theoretically' possible, but elusive in reality.

For me, this is an important feature, X will always be less appealing until it works. Right now I RDP into a windows machine inside the firwall, then Xtunnel from there to get at least some of this functionality.

Comment: Re:Blame the parents teachers (Score 1) 1316

by TecKnow (#27217875) Attached to: Narcissistic College Graduates In the Workplace?

Overcoming challenges might be valuable, working hard is not. Valuing hard work is just another gateway to he same kind of "everyone is wonderful" syndrome we've already got. Anyone can say the "worked hard" on something no matter how poorly they did, and they might not even be lying, do they deserve recognition for that?

If you have to work twice as hard as someone else to overcome some obstacle that doesn't make your accomplishment twice as significant, if anything, it's only half as significant. Knowing that, how can hard work build a sense of self-worth?

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